There are bigger names and flashier players on the Gator roster but the importance of Mike McNeely's work has not gone unnoticed.

McNeely, a former Palm Harbor U. standout in football and basketball, was awarded a scholarship for his senior season Friday.

The receiver has been a big contributor on special teams for each of his first three walk-on seasons at UF. And he earned the President's Academic Award as the top scholar on the team last year.

"I'm so thankful. It'll help so much," McNeely told the Gators official website He called the reaction his teammates gave him "incredible".

Courtesy of gatorzone here's video of head coach Will Muschamp announcing the scholarships being awarded to both McNeely and kicker Francisco Velez, along with comments from all three afterwards.